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San Antonio Lighthouse

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2305 Roosevelt Avenue San Antonio TX 78210 USA


San antonio lighthouse (the lighthouse) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides vocational rehabilitation and employment through the industrial division for individuals who are legally or totally blind.


The lighthouse's industrial division provides employment for blind & multi-handicapped persons in the manufacturing and assembling of products. The lighthouse is the third largest manufacturing operation in san antonio and the largest manufacturer of military apparel in the city. In addition to the textile production, the lighthouse manufacturers office supplies, oil analysis kits and floorboards and blankets for boeing. The lighthouse employs close to 400 employees and has won numerous awards for employment. See schedule o for continuation.

the lighthouse's rehabilitation services division provides evaluation and training for the development of job skills, including assistive technology to enable the blind & multi- handicapped to obtain employment. The lighthouse has recently added a low vision clinic and a blind youth education program. The rehab department served a record high 8900 clients this past year.

the lighthouse's base service stores provides employment for blind and multi-handicapped persons while also providing a market for lighthouse products. The lighthouse has a total of 13 stores covering military installations throughout texas, oklahoma, and new mexico. The base service stores are also serviced by an e-commerce website.

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For the past five years the SABusiness Journal has reported that the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind (SALB) is one of the largest manufacturing operations in San Antonio. The SALB recently began construction for an additional 55,000 SF Multi-purpose facility that will house the first ever of its kind in the state of Texas – Blind Children’s Education Program serving birth to 14 as well as a complete resource for their parents. It will also have a Low Vision Clinic in conjunction with the University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry serving low income families with vision loss. Not to mention the 80 additional jobs for blind individuals. The new building is around the corner from their existing 55,000 SF facility on Roosevelt Ave.

In addition to writing utensils and other office supplies, the lighthouse manufactures products for the military that range from the Army Combat Shirt to Cargo Parachutes, aircraft insulation blankets and floorboards to chinstraps. It operates 13 Military retail stores and has an on-line catalogue of 40,000+ line items (anyone can order from the site and will receive their purchase the work next day with no shipping charges.)

But, the "military" side is just one facet. There is a commercial side to the manufacturing that includes, for example, a new exercise suit that is being developed & manufactured exclusively at the SALB. News hit the local airwaves just last quarter.

Some other interesting tidbits of late:
-Rehab people served this year: 6000 (raising the quality of life for those who are loosing or have lost their sight. - training on everything from assistive technology, computers to cooking.)
-Commercial office supplies sales up 63% (to $675K)
-State Division of Blind Services 2012 “Outstanding Employer"
-Once again Express News & Business Journal’s “Best Place to Work in SA”
-Non-Profit Times “Top 50” Non-Profits in Nation
-Awarded new 5-Month, $700K Boeing "Stratotanker Floorboard" contract
-Began production on new SRG Exercise Suit

And, of course, there is always the Lighthouse on "YOUTUBE": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn9qobZFtl4

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Absiolutely AMAZING organization!!!! Best Place to Work in San Antonio & Texas, creating jobs for people who are blind, supporting the military and providing high quality independent lives for the visually impaired.

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